Light & refreshing Yogurt Dip with Crudites

I always like to have appetizers available for hungry family and guests to munch on as we are preparing Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  I usually put out the traditional cheese and crackers to graze on as we are sipping wine and preparing the meal. But I find it is nice to offer a lighter, fresher option as well.  Most people want to save room for the big meal, but they need a little something to take the edge off..especially if it is an early dinner and they didn’t have lunch.

I made this light & refreshing yogurt dip before Thanksgiving dinner this year and it was a hit. So I thought I should share it because it would also work well over the Christmas holidays. There is no guilt when munching on this spread. You can crunch on these crisp colorful veggies to your heart’s content and it is all very healthy. It won’t fill you up too much either!

The Crudites:

  •  a colorful assortment of peppers (red yellow, orange or green cut into strips)
  •  a bag of rainbow carrots (cut into long diagonal slices or long pieces)
  • several celery stalks (cut into 3  – 4 inch pieces)
  • 1 cucumber (1 cut into slices)
  • toasted pita bread triangles
  • (you can also add other sliced vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower or fennel)

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The Dip:

  • several small containers of plain Greek yogurt (or about 16 oz.)
  • 3/4 cup of grated cucumber (grate it and then squeeze it with a paper towel to get the excess liquid out)
  • 1/3 cup of chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of the lemon
  • 2 Tb. of olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • black pitted olives to garnish

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Put the dip in a bowl and surround it with crisp, crunchy and colorful veggies.

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Then let your guests go at it and feel free to eat as much as they like without filling up before dinner!

Enjoy!

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